The magical and mystical remote land of Dolpo was introduced to the world through the movie “CARAVAN” from Eric Vallini and was nominated for the Oscar nomination as well. Dolpo is situated in the far west of Nepal and is part of the most preserved national park “Shey Phoksindu National Park”. Its name comes from Nepal’s deepest lake “Phoksindu lake”.
The snow leopard might some times not be far away from the camps…
Our feelings were a mixture of doubt and curiosity before planning our trip to Dolpo for this March. The access to the Dolpo region is not the easiest one due to its remoteness, being geographically far away from Kathmandu.
In addition, March is not considered as favorable season to trek in the wilderness of Dolpo due to its dryness, high probability of deep snow remaining from the winter, especially for the crossing of the high passes and the sub zero-degree temperature. We made it clear that we keep a second option as for our trek (Dhaulagiri region) if Dolpo would not be possible in March.
After having collected lots of information in late February from the locals in Dolpo and lower region, we knew that the region received only less snow, meaning that the chances of crossing three passes above 5000 meters would be easier than expected.
32 minutes’ flight to Juphal (2660 meters’ altitude) from Nepalgunj (40 meters’ altitude) has dramatically changed the entire landscape from green plains to arid rough and fascinating rocky formation.
We were lucky that the small and rough airstrip of Juphal, the starting point of our trek, get open just 2 days before our arrival…
WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS’ departure to the fabulous Dolpo region get finally finalized with 3 participants and local team of 10 porters, 1 cook and 1 guide for a wonderful journey.
Our Trek to Dolpo was a new and fascinating experience; not only because of its remoteness, cultural and magical landscape but in the way the local habitants are living happily with the basic things they can get in this rough environment. We could feel their colorful livelihood, even though their clothes are rather sober, always smiling and welcoming us by bowing their hands in a heart full Namaste or Tashi Delek!
Their life is basic without the stress to have the best house, car, latest gadgets or else, but by being happy with their small agriculture fields, yaks and goats that they have to collect before spending the evening with the whole family around the cooking fire exchanging their story of the day.
Our Dolpo Trip taught us to be happy with what we have!
Thanks to great team work, we could finish our Dolpo Trek by crossing 3 passes above 5000 meters, seeing no humans on some days but just WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS team and amazing vultures circling above us in the sky.
WILD YAK EXPEDITIONS would like to thank our participants and great team for their unlimited work, smiling nature and ready to laugh at anytime, anyplace, anywhere.